Free Library of Philadelphia

Programs & Services

Programs & Services: Whether you're looking for a new direction, education, or a fun diversion, our Library programs can help you take the first step. We offer something special for every age and interest.

Click on the programs and services below for more information, schedules, and contact numbers. For a specific age group, select a category.
Adult Education Classes (A)
Get your G.E.D. or improve your English.
Affordable Care Act (A)
Pennsylvania residents in need of health insurance can enroll for a plan through the federal Marketplace from November 15, 2014 through February 15, 2015. Learn how the library can help guide you through the process.
Author Events (A)
Your ticket to meeting the authors you enjoy.
Bringing Literacy to Life (C)
Early literacy workshops for childcare providers.
Business Resources (A)
Whether you are running a successful company, thinking of growing your business, or just planning your first venture, start here.
Career Services and Workshops
Find help in a job search or career change.
Central Senior Services
Parkway Central offers a variety of programs to help you thrive at any age.
City Services
Philadelphia's government right at your fingertips.
College Prep (T)
College Prep Program provides Philadelphia high school students with free workshops and personalized coaching that equips them to apply and gain admittance to college.
Computer Classes
View upcoming computer classes throughout the city.
Culinary Literacy
We offer culinary literacy programs for children, teens, families and adults. Come hungry for knowledge!
Early Literacy (C)
Learn how to bring books and literacy into the lives of young children.
The Free Library is home to a wide variety of special exhibitions, which showcase the important, unique, and rare items in its collections.
Field Family Teen Author Series (T)
Your class reads a book, then meets the author at the Library.
Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music (A)
The world's largest lending library of orchestral performance material.
Framing Fraktur (A) (T) (C)
Join the Free Library in exploring traditional Pennsylvania German folk art and its relationship to contemporary art.
Government Publications Department
Parkway Central offers access to federal, state and local government publications and professionally-trained librarians who can answer your reference questions and help you find the materials you need.
Homebound Services
Let the Library come to you.
Homework Help Online (C) (T)
An online tutor can help you get on track with your homework and essays.
Hot Spots (T) (A)
Bringing computer classes and access to the latest software, technological resources, and the internet to neighborhood community centers throughout Philadelphia.
Interlibrary Loan
Borrow a book from anywhere in the United States.
Kids (C)
Resources for children ages 12 and under and their families, including our Digital Learning Portal, Overdrive Kid's eReading Room, Homework Help Online, LEAP Programing, storytimes, and other fun-filled events.
LEAP After-School Program (C) (T)
Visit the library for homework help, computer assistance, and special programs.
Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Enjoy a braille or recorded book.
Maker Jawn
Maker Jawn programming encourages individuals of all ages to use tech tools and everyday materials creatively. Participants work with LED lights, cameras, circuits, cardboard, fabric, plants, and other materials to invent and build imaginative, self-directed projects!
Mayor's Commission on Literacy (A)
The MCOL was established to ensure that quality education is available to equip all adults in Philadelphia with the literacy skills necessary for the workforce, parenting, and community life.
Mobile Services
Access the library from your phone or mobile device!
Monday Poets (A)
Start your week with stimulating poetry.
New Americans (A)
The Free Library has materials and services to help you as you get settled in Philadelphia.
One Book, One Philadelphia (A)
Join your neighbors to read and discuss the same book. The 2016 selection is Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier.
Parkway Museums District (F)
Visit Parkway Central, the cornerstone of the Free Library system with over 7 million items and special collections in Philadelphia's Parkway Museums District.
Philadelphia OST Literacy Initiative (POSTLI)
Serving DHS funded after-school programs with literacy technical assistance and workshops
Prison Services
Free Library’s Prison Services offers services and programs to incarcerated Philadelphians in Philadelphia Prison System.
Rare Book Department
Among the largest in American public libraries, the Rare Book Department exists to serve the people of Philadelphia, as well as the students, scholars, and researchers who use its collections.
Read by 4th
Read by 4th is a citywide effort of over 80 organizations, public and private, large and small, convened and managed by the Free Library of Philadelphia, aiming to increase the number of students in Philadelphia reading on grade-level by the time they reach 4th grade.
Reading Olympics (C)
Kids team up for an exciting competition.
Reproduction Services
Request high-resolution images from our collections, for both commercial and noncommercial use.
Regional Foundation Center
Get help with nonprofit grantseeking, fundraising, and proposal writing.
The Rosenbach
The Rosenbach, which officially merged with the Free Library in 2013, is home to one of the world’s greatest collections of rare books, manuscripts and art. Both an exhibiting museum and library, it invites the public to explore those collections through exhibitions, programs and more.
Science in the Summer (C)
Children learn about science through hands-on experience.
Summer Reading and Online Summer Reading (C) (T) (A)
Win prizes as you read or use the Library.
Sundays on Stage (F)
Discover new cultures through dances, stories, and songs by renowned performers.
Learn about our state-of-the art digital literacy training vehicle.
Join the Free Library as we host TEDxFreeLibraryofPhiladelphia (an independently organized TED event).
Teens (T)
From craft to college prep, from movie screenings to film making the Free Library has it all for teens!
Teen Tuesdays (T)
Join with friends to plan programs at the Central Library.
Volunteer Services (T) (A)
Volunteering at the Free Library of Philadelphia can be rewarding and fun. We have opportunities at Central Library and our neighborhood branches throughout the city!
Wireless Access
Learn more about wireless networking at the Free Library.
Words at Play Vocabulary Initiative
A community-wide, grant-funded initiative taking place at Cecil B. Moore and Widener libraries.
Year of the Bard
In celebration of the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare in 2014, the Free Library presents the Year of the Bard!